Director Terry Gilliam is attempting to get his Don Quixote movie off the ground once again.
The filmmaker’s struggle to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was the subject of the acclaimed documentary Lost in La Mancha. Despite his best efforts, Gilliam couldn’t get the project to come together. However, this isn’t stopping the guy from giving it another shot.
The folks at Coming Soon spoke to the Brazil director during his appearance at the Camerimage Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Terry Gilliam’s latest effort, the dramatic fantasy The Zero Theorem, kicked off the event.
When asked what he had lined up next, the filmmaker admitted that he wanted to try his hand at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote one more time.
“I’m going to try to do ‘Don Quixote’ again. I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. We’ll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life,” Gilliam told the website.
However, the Monty Python alum admitted that he’s nervous about putting so much energy and effort into the project. During a conversation with Deadline earlier this year, Terry Gilliam said he almost walked away from the whole thing.
“I don’t know if it will be good or bad. The dangerous thing is that a lot of people are waiting for it, so I can disappoint a lot of people maybe,” the 72-year-old director explained.
It’s currently unknown who will star in Gilliam’s long-awaited Don Quixote flick. The filmmaker originally cast Jean Rochefort as the title character and Johnny Depp as Sancho Panza. According to The Guardian, Gilliam attempted to tackle the flick a few years ago with Robert Duvall as Quixote and Ewan McGregor as Panza.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote tells the story of an advertising agent who travels back in time and meets up with Don Quixote. Mistaken for Sancho Panza, our hero becomes embroiled in the character’s many adventures. However, it’s unknown if Gilliam has made any changes to the script since its inception.
This certainly isn’t the first time the director has encountered problems getting a movie on the big screen. His 1985 cult classic Brazil also had its fair share of issues. Gilliam faced everything from studio meddling to problems with the budget at the time. Despite these speed bumps, the movie has a very strong and loyal following today.
Do you think Terry Gilliam will ever get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote into theaters?
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